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Annual Cow Costs – The Big Three
When looking at annual cow costs and doing an economic analysis, three categories tend to make up the largest percentage of total costs: feed, labor/equipment and cow depreciation....
Eleven Ways To Avoid Feed Waste This Winter
Harvesting, storing and delivering a beef herd’s winter rations are the largest expense for most operations. Even small improvements in a winter feed system can result in significant feed cost savings....
Silage Is Top Choice For These Three Beef Producers
Many Canadian beef producers have been harvesting and feeding silage for decades, while others are relatively new to the practice....
How Many Pounds of Meat Can We Expect From A Beef Animal?
Consumers who buy a live animal from a local cattle producer or 4-H member for custom processing are often surprised by the amount of beef they receive, the amount of freezer space needed and that they did not get back the entire live weight of the animal...
When price is right, wheat middlings are good cattle feed
At the right price, wheat middlings are a good source of protein, fiber and phosphorus for livestock, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Kendra Graham....
Dutch knowledge can help Iranian dairy chain to move forward
The Iranian dairy sector can produce higher quality dairy products in a more sustainable way by using Dutch expertise in the following four areas: milk quality assurance, feed supply including quality assurance, efficient water use and education. The...
Understanding the socioeconomic impact of Foot-and-mouth Disease control in Kenya
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a viral disease of cloven-hooved animals that causes lesions in the mouth and on the feet, alongside generalised illness. It affects cows, sheep, goats and pigs, and although they recover after a couple of weeks, it causes...
Is it time for Daisy to go on a truck ride?
The lower milk prices brought on from the coronavirus pandemic and the large volume of milk have caused critical cash-flow and long-term survivability issues on US dairy farms, writes David Marrison with The Ohio State University Extension. ...
How Do I Get Started in Dairy Beef?
With decreased crop profits and dairy profits, both dairy and grain farmers are looking for ways to increase income by sending feed stuffs off the farm on the hoof instead of in a hopper or tanker, writes Jason Hartschuh with The Ohio State University...
How covid-19 is affecting livestock prices
At the height of the recent coronavirus panic buying, Kantar data for the week ending 23 March showed a 45 percent increase in the amount of beef mince being sold....
Can the UK farming sector achieve net zero carbon emissions?
Achieving net zero carbon emissions on-farm was one of the hot topics debated at the Oxford Real Farming Conference on 8 January. Panellists from the House of Commons, Chatham House, NFU, Green Alliance UK and the Nature Friendly Farming Network debated...
Successful Weaning: Tried-and-True Transition Strategies
Fall feedlot success starts long before calves arrive at the feedyard. Pre-shipment management on the ranch is truly the only way to adequately prepare calves for the changes awaiting them after weaning, writes Kevin Hill, D.V.M., technical services veterinarian,...
The Advent of 'Green' Cattle
Livestock farming is often dismissed as irredeemably inefficient and polluting. But that was before anyone thought of considering a cattle herd as a diverse group of animals....
Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms Reveals the Secrets of ‘Beyond Organic’ Farming
Polyface Farm, an alternative “beyond organic” operation is situated in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Its operator, Joel Salatin, has been called by TIME magazine “the world’s most innovative farmer” and “the high priest of pasture and the...
Listening to Consumers Helps Maintain Agriculture’s Social Licence
Today it seems everyone has an opinion about how food should be grown, writes Angela Lovell....
 
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